Mar 19, 2017 by Dr. Mohamed Moussa
I would have loved that when we compile noble Quranic verses with sayings of the Prophet , peace be upon Him, we come to the realization that Islam increases the value of freedom, makes out of enjoining good and forbidding evil its backbone, adopts checking the people by means of other people as the tradition to stand firm against corruption on Earth, rejects sorrow, builds honor and dignity in the Muslim person and spares him humiliation and degradation; this is why the Prophet, peace be upon Him, makes out of telling a word of truth to an oppressive ruler the best form of struggle.
At the same time, Islam preserves society from internal conflicts that lead to bloodshed and destruction, Islam prefers patience over rebellion against the oppressor when the consequences are not thoroughly assessed, and Islam made it a condition for forbidding evil [to be valid] that it does not produce a bigger evil.
The biography of the Prophet, peace be upon Him, witnesses that He did not command combat against the people of Mecca while Muslims lived in Mecca. The prophet, peace be upon Him, combatted the people of Mecca after He became independent from them in His own state.
I am saying this while I am observing that the Arab states where citizens fight against each other or against the regime are dominated by destruction and limited possibilities to exit this dark tunnel.
I would have loved for these revolutions not to be armed, and rather remain peaceful, even when regimes prefer war. When the Syrian revolution, which started peacefully and amazingly, was weaponized, it invited ISIS and other extremist factions to cause disorder in the name of fighting against the regime. That was the biggest calamity through which this revolution went. If the Syrian regime falls apart today, these factions will fight against each other to gain power, and every one of them will think that they are more entitled to this power than the other because they are the ones that [exclusively] achieved victory and defeated the regime. Afghanistan serves a recent instance in this respect.
The most successful and less damaging striving model is the civil and peaceful one, as the case is for the Black movement in America, and as demonstrated by the revolutions in South Africa, Turkey, and other successful experiences.
I would have loved for our revolutions not to carry weapons.